Employer Spotlight: Getting to Know Reckitt Benckiser Brands

Reckitt Benckiser Brands

By: Amy Giezentanner Hardwick

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Ask the average American what Reckitt Benckiser means to them and they will likely draw a blank. Many have never heard of the British company, even though Reckitt Benckiser brands are well known in the United States. Take a survey of American health and household products, for instance, and you will probably find Reckitt Benckiser items in consumer cupboards: Mucinex, Lysol, Enfamil, Airborne, Clearasil, Air Wick, Durex, Veet, and Scholl, just to name a few. Their recognizable products hint at a powerhouse of a company despite their obscure name.

Their core values of Responsibility, Ownership, Entrepreneurship, Achievement, and Partnership have helped Reckitt Benckiser create a company culture that is highly recognizable in the consumer packaged goods environment – and a culture that interests promising students with bright futures.

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Amberle Thompson, Walton College M.B.A. alumna and key account manager with Reckitt Benckiser for the Walmart account, has been with the company since 2017. She enjoys the team environment and effective autonomy in the local office. Employees at Reckitt Benckiser are given support for their initiatives, while at the same time they receive clear direction and valuable leadership.

Thompson joined Reckitt Benckiser as a category team lead and remembers being told of its fast-paced environment before she started. The company confirmed this by immediately giving her the latitude needed for her entrepreneurial side to learn and grow. Fast-forward to 2019 and she is still engaged in her work, growing in her current position and furthering her leadership abilities. She is involved in both Walton College’s McMillon Innovation Studio and with Walton College Career Services as a Reckitt Benckiser Employer Partner contact.

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As an Employer Partner, Reckitt Benckiser participates in career fairs, sponsors case competitions, and helps foster relationships with students. Their capstone event, the Reckitt Benckiser Outperformance Challenge, features case studies on their brand followed by a social hour designed to bring Reckitt Benckiser employees and interested students together. With positions for up to sixty summer interns in both the local and the New Jersey office, these events are key to attracting talent.

Hope Spradlin, a sales intern on the health side of the company, struck up a conversation with Reckitt Benckiser representatives at a Walton College Business Career Fair and was intrigued with the company culture. “I knew that RB was a company I wanted to work for,” Spradlin said. “Their passionate questions and quick thinking made me eager to find out more and to see if I could handle a company that was fast and innovative.” She was also drawn to their core values, which align with her philosophy of ownership and responsibility. “I am an achiever and have an entrepreneurial spirit with everything I accomplish,” she said. “Seeing that RB is dedicated to creating happier lives and healthier homes also encouraged me to pursue RB because my purpose in life is to do good in every aspect of my life.”

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Joel Harris, Walton College alumnus from the E.M.B.A. class of 2018, joined Reckitt Benckiser from another vendor after completing graduate school. He chose Reckitt Benckiser for their mission of selling healthier, premium products that are better for consumers in the long run. He believes the entrepreneurial ownership and strategic thinking they instill into their employees will further his career by encouraging him to create long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes.

The company applies this thinking to its program for newly-graduated employees. Their Graduate Program puts new-hires through two one-year rotations: one in Field Sales and the other as a Category or Sales Analyst. These rotations give graduates an opportunity to understand the rigors of retail, its expectations, and how to succeed in the many opportunities at Reckitt Benckiser. It also helps employees explore and develop their talents as they navigate the retail world, giving them the opportunity to build a career that plays to their strengths.